Project Assistant, Climate Policy Hub (Contract)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Position title: Project Assistant, Climate Policy Hub
Reports to: Fernanda de Carvalho, Global Policy Manager, WWF International Climate & Energy Practice
Location: Negotiable, but preferably in either the CET or Brasilia timezones
Type of contract: This is a fixed term, consultancy contract, for 40 hours per week
Start Date: 1 April 2020, or sooner if available
Period of contract: 1 April 2020 2020 – 31 August, 2020 (five months)
Remuneration: CHF 2 500 per month

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation and environmental organisations, with almost 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which we all live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

The Global Climate & Energy Practice works to promote action that will put the world on track to equitable, low-carbon, and climate-resilient development, including participating in the UN climate talks. Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team you need to be brilliant at what you do, passionate, results-orientated and have a positive attitude. Our priority for 2020 is an Ambition Package composed of 4 cross-cutting components: Global Influence; In-Country Ambition; a Campaign and Ongoing Initiatives. The work envisaged will be aimed at the In-Country Ambition component, but will also contribute to others.

This particular task requires general experience, or at least understanding of, the global climate policy space, specifically around the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement. For more information about WWF’s global work on climate and energy, check

WWF has climate teams in National Offices around 60 countries.

Key Responsibilities:
The Project Assistant will support the Global Policy Manager on programmatic work to implement a joint advocacy strategy with WWF National Offices to increase ambition in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). To this end, the following tasks have been identified (not exhaustive), broken into three key areas:


  • Organizing virtual meetings and keeping records
  • Preparing briefing materials for meetings
  • Preparing and organizing documents
  • Working with the Proposal Development Manager to support development of proposals where necessary


  • Researching policy issues as required
  • Drafting blogs and reports as required
  • Researching case studies as required

Writing and Coordination

  • Gathering and preparing content to update website in coordination with the Climate & Energy Practice Communications team
  • Engaging WWF Network offices to gather information related to their country for the map on the website; and to support the countries by drafting and editing this content where necessary
  • Identifying useful materials to add to the ‘resources’ section of the website
  • Producing at least 1 x two-pager case study for each UNFCCC Regional Climate Week highlighting WWF priority areas for enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (ie, Nature-based Solutions for Climate; Renewable Energy; Non-State Actors)
  • Writing other materials as required.

Specific Tasks:

  • Preparing briefing materials/case studies for UNFCCC Regional Climate Weeks, under the guidance of the Global Policy Manager, the Climate & Energy Practice Communications team and WWF National Offices:
    • 20-24 April – Africa Regional Climate Week (Kampala, Uganda)
    • 6-10 July – Latin America & Caribbean Regional Climate Week (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
    • 24-28 August, Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Week (Yokohama, Japan)
    • TBC Middle East & North Africa Regional Climate Week (Dubai)

Skills Required:

  • Good understanding of UNFCCC and broader climate policy issues; specific experience or understanding of Nationally Determined Contributions is desirable.
  • Skilled at writing (project plans, reports, presentations, etc) is required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is required
  • Relevant Masters Degree is desirable
  • Good project management skills are required
  • Experience in fundraising is desirable
  • Experience working remotely is desirable
  • Computer literacy required: MS Office (Powerpoint, Excel, MS, Word, etc) and remote working tools (google platform (Google, Skype, AO Docs, etc)
  • Ability to work under pressure, pay attention to detail, to be flexible when required and to multi-task is desirable

Applications, with a covering letter, are due by FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 2020 to: Fernanda de Carvalho [email protected]. You can also send queries/questions to her at this email.

Candidates will be advised of the outcome of this process by no later than Friday 27 March, 2020. The successful candidate will start work on Wednesday 1 April, 2020.





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